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Use iPhone/iPod touch as an Apple TV keyboard iOS devices
One of the most annoying things about the Apple TV is using its on-screen keyboard -- for instance, when entering WiFi information, usernames, or searching for YouTube videos. The process of moving character-by-character and row-by-row is slow and tedious. If you've got an iPhone or iPod touch and Apple's free Remote application, however, you're holding the solution to this problem in your hand: just fire up Remote any time you see a keyboard input screen on your Apple TV, and the keyboard will appear on your iPhone (or iPod touch).

While I wouldn't go so far as to say that this one feature justifies the cost of an iPhone or iPod touch, if you use your Apple TV a lot, it is an amazing timesaver to be able to use a "real" (real virtual?) keyboard instead of the Apple TV's onscreen version.

I first heard about this from an anonymous Macworld reader via email, as well as in this entry on Daring Fireball. (Macworld also covered it in this iPhone Central write-up.)
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Use iPhone/iPod touch as an Apple TV keyboard
Authored by: doshea on Aug 11, '08 08:49:18AM

This feature was first described by John Gruber, who writes the Daring Fireball linked list blog:
He credits one of his readers, Earl Misquitta, with the tip.

Don O'Shea

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Use iPhone/iPod touch as an Apple TV keyboard
Authored by: UberFu on Feb 03, '09 01:42:20PM

Too bad this doesn't work on the network setup when you're first connecting to the wi-fi_

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